Born and bred in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chow Hound Pet Supplies continues to expand its West Michigan operations. The retailer, founded in 1989 with a single Grand Rapids store, will add three locations over the first half of 2018 and grow to 11 stores in the Grand Rapids metro area: Holland, Grand Haven and Kalamazoo.
Chow Hound kicked off 2018 with the opening of a new location on Burton Street SE in Grand Rapids, next to Fresh Thyme Market. The store marks the latest iteration in Chow Hound’s ongoing brand evolution, featuring an updated color scheme and flooring, new layout, and colorful brand-consistent signage. Like all Chow Hound stores, the new location offers a unique mix of premium pet foods, supplies, expert advice and personal service, along with self-serve dog wash rooms for walk-in service and Humane Society cats and kittens available for adoption.
In February, Chow Hound makes its first entry into the Kalamazoo market with a store on retail-intensive South Westnedge Avenue in Portage, next to an existing Target location. By mid-2018 the retailer will open another Grand Rapids location at the busy Knapp’s Corner shopping center off the city’s East Beltline.
“We’re getting great feedback on our new Burton Street location,” said president and co-founder Greg Keane, who’s pictured here at the new Burton Street location with store manager Julie Ledger. “Our customers—both 4-legged and 2-legged—love the look and feel of the store, and that’s going to be our model going forward.”
Greg and Tyson Keane opened the first Chow Hound Pet Supplies in Grand Rapids in 1989 and with the opening of the new Portage store will operate 10 locations in Grand Rapids, Standale, Jenison, Wyoming, Holland, Grand Haven and Portage.